Gold NNAS Navigation, Day 1 - Hiking Highs delivered our first Gold Level NNAS Advanced Navigation
All round fun in the fells… battling dry tussocks and boggy re-entrants, alongside exploring technical terrain around knobbly summits! Fine contour work lead our group to hidden features and to explore all aspects of fine tuned navigation.
They also learnt where/when to head off the course and navigation tools and strategies. It was a hot day with super clear visibility, gave us fantastic views on The Lake District Fells, however our features to find were neatly tucked away from sight… whatever the weather!
Gold NNAS Navigation, Day 2 - Assessment Day, Team Work & Fine Contours were the order of the day.
Our Hiking Highs' contour only Harveys map first sent our navigators into a spin, loosing the familiar features they were used to using for back up... but after a short time you become connected to the map, and understand how the ground under your feet feels in relation to the map & taking time to look around to fine tune your location for a micro navigation exercise. Moving to switching between various map scales can be super difficult, with comments from our group that the 'clutter' on a 'normal' map deflects from the contours, our only true known tool on our maps.
Wonderful to see and hear that after experiencing this they actually preferred the simplicity of the contour only map... Being our first Gold NNAS Navigation Course we have delivered we were unsure how the contour only experience would go... Our navigators all expressed that this was most fun, alongside challenging, part of the course!
Next task - 1km to break down into strategies and head off solo, Each participant heading for slightly different locations given by our assessor, Nic, on a handrail of crags. Each choose different techniques and headed off alone, assessing the best nav strategy and made for great discussion during the day.
Considerations: Line of least resistance / weather / terrain / personal ability & agility. See picture with blue markers showing positions of our navigators. Reference to the contour only map was found useful by some during this task also. Pacing & timing is also made challenging, on ascent/descent, tussocks and bogs, all change the known figures previously worked from, again interesting discussions between participants as to how they accounted for this.
Gold level nav is very much understanding how there are lots of routes that can be correct to arrive at destination, but which works best for the participant is interesting, and which strategy would be best to follow in poor visibility as this can change considerable in bad weather or darkness or prevailing weather.
CONGRATULATIONS - We are delighted to announce all 3 of our participants from day 2 proved competent in the practical element of the NNAS Gold Navigation Certificate.
So, a busy Spring, even busier June and a crazy busy July finished with a fun day out selling running poles at the Lakeland 50 & 100 Ultra Trail registration tent… the question was: to do the 50 or not to do the 50!!? 🤔
The Outdoor Expo at the NEC last week-end took us by storm. Our stand had a constant stream of folk coming and going which made our week-end fun and successful.
Demonstrate good use of Bronze & Silver level navigational tools, and move to fine contour detail for navigating inhospitable ground, off the beaten track, in potentially tricky weather conditions. Navigation skills must be well practiced for moving in featureless terrain. We share the techniques discuss route choices, perfect practice for heading out with friends or partnering up on Mountain Marathons...
Take your navigation to the next level. Understanding the jump from course navigation to fine navigation, and the tools in order to do so whilst on and off trail on slightly technical terrain. Understand navigation in poor weather conditions and in hours of darkness. Unsure if this course is for you? - please get in touch.
Beginners Navigation, understanding the basics of 'decoding' both Ordnance Survey and Harveys maps, to navigate our way safely around the Lakeland trails and paths… (Course:tutor ratio 1:8). Start at the very beginning of your Navigation Journey in 2022. Click to find out more.